HeadlinesMarch 28, 2011
- Down to Earth
- 2010 research expenditures surpass $224 million
- Caboni named vice chancellor for public affairs
- KU geologists debunk previously accepted example of oldest life on Earth
- Stella earns Higuchi award, highest academic honor in pharmaceutical sciences
- Lumpkin joins sporting legends in hall of fame
- KU, Kansas City cancer centers combine forces for outpatient care center
- Schiefelbusch, collaborators win Dole Humanitarian Award
- KU lands spot in top 10 list of universities using social media
- Senate approves plan to increase funding for engineering education
- Steering committee selected to lead comprehensive campaign
- Unclassified Senate provides professional development funds to staff members
- University Press of Kansas displaying award-winning book designs
Employees of the month
February Univesity support staff employee of the month
STARTED AT KU: 2005
CURRENT TITLE: Administrative associate, Department of American Studies
WHAT THAT MEANS: Isbell oversees administration of the degree programs in the unit. For this she manages admissions, student records and graduation processes for the bachelorís, masterís and doctoral programs, coordinates fellowship evaluations and nominations, and facilitates graduate teaching assistant selection. Isbell functions as the initial and most frequent interpreter of an array of university and department regulations.
NOTABLE: Because there is no full-time receptionist in the department, Isbell frequently takes on those duties. She is seen as handling the work of more than one person and, in fact, until the Museum Studies Program was able to gain its own full-time staff appointment, she undertook an overload of responsibilities, all with dedication and good cheer. Since then, her experience and demeanor have made her invaluable through many transitions and emergencies in the Museum Studies Program, without diminishing her unflagging dedication to her principal Department of American Studies duties.
February Unclassified employee of the month
STARTED AT KU: 2001
CURRENT TITLE: Grant specialist, Center for Research
WHAT THAT MEANS: Richmond develops and maintains a working knowledge of sponsored projects and is responsible for assisting with post-award grant administration. She manages grants and serves as a trainer to for new staff in the post-award area.
NOTABLE: In 2009, the Center for Research grants administration staff was reorganized into teams, and Richmond became a team leader. She also agreed to take on additional work with responsibility for quarterly reporting on the 72 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act awards received at KU. Richmond frequently is the go-to person for many campus departments and centers when they have a question about a procedure or element of a grant. She is highly respected by principal investigators and department staff across the university. She has even become a resource for federal grants managers at other universities who struggle with keeping up with the ARRA reporting demands. She generously offers her assistance and advice to these off-campus people, and has even shared her procedures for maintaining accurate and up-to-date ARRA information.